21st century women changing the world

21st century women changing the world As International Women’s Day gets closer, I would like to talk about a handful of women who are currently changing the world, or at least trying really hard! There are many anonymous women doing this, but it’s always great to see some of them doing it publicly, giving voice to those ones who don’t have it. In this post, I’d like to tell you about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest congresswoman elected in the US; Greta Thunberg, the teenage environmentalist challenging everyone’s views; Amal Clooney, a Lebanese-British barrister who specialises in Human Rights; and Mu Sochua, a Cambodian rights activist. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Also known as AOC, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest ever woman to be elected to the US Congress. A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, AOC supports free health coverage for all, gun control, cancellation of student debts, amongst other progressive policies. From Puerto Rican descent, Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal about the island legal status, advocating further legal rights to Puerto Ricans. Greta Thunberg Always concerned about the environment, Greta Thunberg started her now worldwide famous School Strikes for Climate Change in 2018. That same year, she gave a speech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which rapidly went viral. From then on, she has been invited to join several other strikes and marches across Europe. Many people were concerned about her missing school: worry not! In 2019, Thunberg finished school with good grades. She decided to take a sabbatical year from school to engage in climate conversations with international political leaders. “The Greta Effect” has been noticeable all over the world: students are marching along the streets of all cities, including Oxford. Have you joined any of these marches? Amal Clooney Amal Clooney (nee Alamuddin), is a Lebanese-British lawyer who has … Read more

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day On March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day all over the world; but what is International Women’s Day, and why do we celebrate it? This entry will help you understand the importance of such a day!   What is International Women’s Day? This day celebrates all women: mothers, daughters, sisters, doctors, wives, scientists, carers… Their sexuality doesn’t matter, as long as their gender is female: heterosexual, cis, lesbian, trans, gender fluid, black, white, Latinx… None of that is important. The only thing that matters is their impact on society, economy, politics and culture. This day is about giving all women a voice to express their ideas, their views, and making sure that they are treated equally in all aspects of life, especially in their work life. Purple is the colour usually associated with IWD: it represents justice and dignity. On some occasions, green has also been used, and its meaning is hope.   When did we start celebrating International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years! Impressive, uh? It all started in 1908 when a group of about 15,000 women marched the streets of New York demanding better pay, shorter hours and voting rights. From 1909, National woman’s Day was celebrated across the United States of America on the last Sunday of February. This continued to until 1913, when it was decided it should be celebrated on March 8th. By then, this celebration was international already: many European countries, including the UK, had started to fight for women’s rights. It wasn’t until 1975 that International Women’s Day was celebrated by the United Nations. From 1977, the UN has urged its members to celebrate Women’s Day any day of the year, though most of them do so on March 8th. Unfortunately, by the … Read more

This week at EC Oxford – 2nd March – Women’s Week

This week we’re celebrating Women’s Week. As usual, our students had the chance to vote for their preferred theme the week before. Monday Our Monday routine did not change this week: we had Homework Club with Lorna, and a special presentation for new students with Malachy, followed by a visit to a pub. This week, we had a nice group of new students, so they had a great time exploring Oxford! Tuesday Always a big day at EC Oxford! We always offer the students the possibility of getting to know each other with a big social event. This week, we’re going ice skating. We’re very lucky to have the Ice Rink so close to our school! Home to the Oxford City Stars, our local ice hockey team, it only takes 10 minutes to walk there and most of that journey is through the shopping centre, so no need to worry about the rain! Wednesday Our big workshop usually happens on Wednesdays. This week, we’re talking about women changing the world: from Marie Curie, Nobel prize winner for her achievements in science, to Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager shaking the world with her strong views on the environment. We’ll talk about women from all over the world who have changed, or are changing, the way we all see the world. Thursday We are introducing a new way to see Oxford! Every month, we will offer the students the chance to see Oxford from a different point of view. This week, it’s Magical Oxford. This tour will focus on all things “magical”: Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia. All these stories have had a great impact on the city of Oxford; most of them were created here, in this very city. Wanna know … Read more

This week at EC Oxford – 24th February

Hello everybody! This week, we are all about stories, so tune in to learn more! Monday On Monday, we had our usual timetable. Lorna ran her Homework Club as smoothly as usual. Remember, you can always attend this club for 5 minutes, or for 60 minutes. It is a great opportunity to ask those questions you don’t have an answer for. Every Monday, Malachy takes care of our new students showing them a couple of presentations to help them get to know the city of Oxford and to show them how we learn. He then takes the new students, and usually a bunch of current students, to a nearby pub or café. This gives them a chance to get to know other students and practise their English! Pancake Tuesday This week is Pancake Tuesday and we’re celebrating! We will have pancakes at school with a variety of toppings so our students can choose their own: golden syrup, Nutella, fruit, you name it! For only £3, you get two pancakes and any topping you like. Before the celebrations begin, Malachy will show everyone a few social options to do at the weekend: from free concerts to exhibitions, there is always something to do in Oxford! Wednesday On Wednesday we are going golfing! EC Oxford will go to Junkyard Golf, a place with the craziest golf. Make sure you sign up before lunchtime so we can book your space! Thursday We have a very special workshop on Thursday: Lorna is delivering an amazing workshop on Storytelling. Lorna has a lot of experience in storytelling and has been training our teachers at EC Oxford. If you want to learn a few storytelling techniques and feel confident about telling a story without needing to look at your notes, this is a workshop not to … Read more

Meet Philipp

Philipp joined the EC Oxford team a couple of weeks ago and in this post, he answers a few questions for us to learn a little bit more about him. Keep reading to find out more!   What did you do before you came to EC Oxford? In July 2019 I made my A-Levels (Abitur) and graduated from high school in Germany. After school, I decided to take part in an assessment centre of one of Germany’s leading Law Schools in Hamburg. When I finally got the confirmation that I was accepted, I decided to take a gap year before starting my law studies in September 2020. The university was very helpful and reserved my place so I can start studying this year. Before I came to Oxford, I was working on my family’s farm and forests and in an agricultural exhibition to earn some money for my trip abroad. Of course, there was also some time for holidays with my twin brother and some friends. Before the internship started, I have been a student myself for two weeks, here in Oxford, to refresh and improve my English, especially my fluency.   What is your role here at EC Oxford? I am a Student Services intern at EC, which means that you can find me next to Rachel at the reception. There is a wide range of tasks I am dealing with. For instance, I am creating most of the presentations for the Welcome and Farewell Event. Moreover, I help Rachel with the administration, for instance, accommodation, taxi booking, creating new lists of arrivals and leavers and of course I am updating these lists frequently. I am also the contact person for the students and I try to help Rachel to solve problems. Besides, I do the Oxford guided tours … Read more

Last week at EC Oxford – 3rd February

3rd February at EC Oxford Diversity Week Hello everyone! The first week of February is over and here at EC Oxford, we had a blast! Sadly, Australia is suffering their worst summer season, with bushfires rapidly going through their natural parks. These fires have claimed wildlife territory, the koala population has decreased in more than a third, and firefighters are working harder than ever. At EC Oxford, we have decided that February will be our month to give back. Throughout the month of February, we are going to hold different activities to raise money to help WWF, a charity which is helping the koalas. This week we had a great topic, Diversity. In February we celebrate the month of LGBTQ History, so this is the perfect theme!   Monday On Monday, we started, as usual, with our Homework Club with Lorna. Students pop in to have a chat with Lorna about their homework, or about any other questions they may have. Most of the times, these questions are about their learning, but Lorna has answered many questions about British culture, places to visit in Oxford… Now you know, if you have any questions, make sure you visit Lorna next Monday! Also on Monday, Malachy showed the new students some tips to learn better, and they had a chance to check how much they know about Oxford. After this, they all went to a café with some of our current students and practised their English. Tuesday On Tuesday we had our first fundraising activity: we sold doughnuts! Buy a doughnut, save a koala. Most of our students and staff helped and we raised over £100! Thank you, everyone, who helped! Don’t forget, however, that we have not stopped the fundraiser. Every week, we’ll have an activity ready for you. You can … Read more


This week at EC Oxford – 20th January

Last week, our students chose the subject “Competitions”, therefore now we are ready to compete! On Monday This week we received 5 overseas students ready to join the team. As every week the Welcome presentation remains to be the first event of the week, where we give a warm welcome to everyone at 12:45 am. Then we have our Homework club with Lorna every Monday at 2:45 pm. Afterwards, for the new students, we have a presentation where they will find some information about how we learn and live here in Oxford. And finally, at the end of the day, we have our Monday Pub! Welcome to the old and new students, the perfect place to practice your English and most importantly make new friends. On Tuesday We have an exciting activity for you, “Laser tag” at 2:45 pm for just £ 7, in which many students are already eager to compete. Then we have a great presentation regarding” What’s on in Oxford” if you still don’t know what to do during and at the weekend, please don’t miss it. On Wednesday In the middle of the week, we have a vocabulary workshop to talk about competitions! At 3:00 pm On Tuesday If you are a fan of board games, feel welcome to join us at Thirsty Meeples at 2:45 pm, next if you want to feel like a professional driver please come at The Race Hunt at 6:00 pm for £15. On Friday At the end of the week, start your Friday with melons and croissants with Rachel. Then at 2:45 pm come to our Farewell event to say Goodbye to the students that are leaving this week. After this, we have the exciting Spelling Bee competition, where two students for each level will compete in a spelling test! … Read more

Do not miss Oxford’s Cowley Road

The Cowley Road   If you are in Oxford, the Cowley Road is a place not to miss.   Food The Cowley Road is one of the most ethnically diverse places is Oxford, with the best Lebanese restaurants, Le Kesh and Pomegranate, to name a few. The Turkish restaurants are a popular stop, too. I would highly recommend Antep Kitchen for a classy date night; Bodrum Restaurant is open late, so it is ideal for when you are leaving the bars! Drinks You can find yourself in the ‘Secret Garden’ of Café Tarifa, it feels like a completely different place, full of palm trees and beautifully decorated scenes. You can treat yourself to stone-baked pizzas and try many different cocktails while watching the live bands play. Dessert If you have a sweet tooth, I recommend checking out a place called Sundaes Gelato, it is a great choice for hot and cold desserts including ice cream, crepes, pancakes, shakes, sorbets and plenty more. Nightlife If you enjoy going to concerts and watching comedy clubs, you can visit the O2, Bullingdon and Glee Club. I recently went to a comedy night at the Glee Club, it is such good fun and at a reasonable price! Carnival I hope you are lucky enough to be in Oxford for the Cowley Road Carnival! You can go and join in with the fun of the parade or just take in the exuberant atmosphere from the carnival-goers and local business. It’s a day not to miss. The carnival is held once a year, usually the first weekend in July. You can find stalls with locally produced products, food and drinks all along the street. So, while you study English in Oxford, do not miss the opportunity to visit, I used to live there and dearly miss … Read more

Welcome to EC Oxford, Howard!

A couple of weeks ago, EC Oxford welcomed Howard to our team of teachers. As usual, we wanted to learn a bit more about him. These are the questions we asked him! Q: What did you do before you came to EC Oxford? Before I came to Oxford I was the teacher in charge of German at a large independent secondary school in Abingdon. I was in charge in of supporting students for their national GCSE and A-level exams and organising trips and exchanges to Germany. Q: What is your role here in EC Oxford? I am a teacher of English at EC Q: What have you enjoyed about working at EC Oxford so far? It can be quite daunting starting a new job as you never know what you’re in for! Will the other teachers be nice? Will students be motivated and hard-working? What are the expectations to be met? What’s the general ‘vibe’ going to be like? I’m really happy to say that the teaching team have been really warm, welcoming and supportive in getting me best set up to teach and assist my students. Classes and relationships are what I believe to be the most important factor and the heartbeat of what we do as teachers. So far so good! My classes have also been welcoming, attentive, eager to participate and as teams, we’re making progress in our English-learning development. Humour is also a key factor and there’s been a lot of that in the last 2 weeks! It has also been a real privilege to work with students from different cultures with which I’ve had little contact, interaction or have knowledge about. It’s been fascinating discussing the different cultures, backgrounds and religions with students and see how our world is so rich in variety and diversity. … Read more

There is often Morris Dancing in Radcliffe Square on May Day in Oxford

This week at EC Oxford – 13th January 2020

Today we start the day with the topic chosen by the students: Oxford. On Monday Firstly, we have our traditional Welcome Event at the student lounge, so feel welcome to eat your lunch at the end of the break and hear the news every Monday at 12:45 pm. Secondly, if you are working hard to pass to the next level, please come to the Homework Club with Lorna, where you will be able to solve doubts in your homework or general English. Thirdly, for the new students this week we have the Welcome Presentation at 2:45 pm, where you will know how we learn and live in Oxford. Finally, we have our weekly Monday Pub at 3:15 pm where you will have the opportunity to meet the new students and spend a nice afternoon. On Tuesday If you haven’t had time to explore the city this is your opportunity! Please come with us to St Mary’s Tower & Church at 2:45 pm the cost of the activity is £6. On Wednesday Join us to the mysterious and interesting workshop called Oxford’s Gruesome histories at 3:00 pm where you will know some legends about the city. On Thursday Feel invited to come to our dinner activity with our cheerful student ambassador Koki at 6pm to go to the Wig and Pen from the school. On Friday Now we are at the end of the week and we have for you our special Farewell event, where the students have the opportunity to say goodbye to the students who are leaving this week, to know what would happen next week and some information about what to do at the weekend. If you’re thinking about learning English abroad, why not at EC Oxford?